In a small shop just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz, CA, Rick Turner built some of the most intriguing electric guitars ever made. Sadly, Rick passed in 2022, but his legacy lives on in the incredible instruments he built. Played by big-time rockstars on the biggest stages, Rick's guitars have become the stuff of legend. In his career, Rick found a balance between innovation and tradition, but at the same time his creations offer something entirely new.
The Renaissance uses a semi-hollow thinline body and a piezo pickup to reproduce full-frequency acoustic tone for recording and performing. Its design is streamlined to minimize feedback and provide consistent tone under any conditions. It is built like a fine acoustic guitar with a Figured Redwood top and Mahognay back and sides—all of the sides are bent like a traditional acoustic, and it even has traditional bracing.
While it has plenty of natural resonance, a Cedar center block underneath the hood helps cut feedback. Its electric signal is generated by an under-saddle Piezo pickup, which feeds into a Seymour Duncan Wavelength Solo preamp. Plugged-in, the preamp gives you a ton of flexibility to dial in authentic-sounding acoustic tone that can handle any stage mix. Every detail of the Renaissance is absolutely meticulous, and its no wonder this model is seen on big-time stages all around the world.
This 2019 Rick Turner Renaissance RN-6 features a nylon setup, and its Figured Redwood top shows intense flame and character. It shows some minor playwear, but it is in excellent condition with no severe cosmetic blemishes. It plays well and has a comfortable neck profile that allows for access all the way up the fingerboard. Like all Turner guitars, it is visually distinctive, and combined with its feedback resistance, it is built for the stage, but it will perform just as well in the studio. It will also make a welcomed addition to any music room. The guitar includes a slightly-oversized but heavily-padded gig bag from Access.